Saturday, November 4, 7:50 p.m.
Sunday, November 5, 7:35 p.m.
Director: Daouda Coulibaly
Runtime: 95 minutes
Language: Bambara/French with English subtitles
Ladji is a lowly transit ticket seller who ascends in the criminal underworld of Bamako, Mali, and finds himself trafficking drugs--against the interests of the military, the government, and even al-Qaeda. Ladji barely makes enough money from the bus company to cover his rent for the shack he shares with his sister. Finding himself financially desperate, he soon realizes his knowledge of the travel industry affords him great advantages in crossing borders with illegal goods. Unfortunately, with the money now flowing in, Ladji also discovers that he has more debts than he can handle and can't escape the downward spiral of his new lifestyle. WÙLU brilliantly focuses on Ladji's story, but observant audiences will find it a strong political commentary on Mali (especially in the film's setting in advance of the 2012 coup d'etat). Deliberately paced through a gradually building suspense, WÙLU is a brilliant work that explores the corruption of power within a narrative of thrilling complexity. ~ Seattle International Film Festival
Principal Cast: Ibrahim Koma, Inna Modja, Ismael N’Diaye, Jean-Marie Traoré, Habib Dembelé, Marianne N’Diaye, Quim Gutierrez, Olivier Rabourdin
Writer: Daouda Coulibaly
Producer: Eric Nevé, Oumar Sy
Cinematographer: Pierre Milon
Editor: Julien Leloup
Music: Eric Neveux